Cedric Soares is impressing Arsenal staff with his hard work behind the scenes and he’s hoping to win back his spot in the team.
“I’m there fighting”, says Cedric
Over the summer, despite links to a new right-back signing and the competition from Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin, Football.London reported that Cedric was impressing coaches and was in contention for games when the season got underway.
So it proved, with Cedric starting two of the first three league games of the season.
“Every week, every day, I will be there knocking [on the door], making him a problem – in a good way – that he needs to think who to put on the pitch.
“Of course, it is [Arteta’s] decision. I respect that and he knows that.
“But I will not make it easier.
As for any suggestion he might leave in January to try and get regular minutes ahead of next year’s Qatar World Cup, Cedric was adamant he’s focusing on his current club.
“I’m completely focused on Arsenal,” Cedric said.
“In football you cannot guarantee anything because you don’t know: tomorrow everything can change.
“But right now, I’m here, I’m fighting for my position.
“It is the club I want to be in and I want to win my space and I will keep doing my thing.”
Cedric should at least get some more chances in the team towards the end of 2021 and the start of 2022.
That will be his opportunity to try and break back into the team.